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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2551

Sri Lankan government will not take any action that would jeopardize national security

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 15 June, (Asiantribune.com):The Sri Lankan Minister Keheliya Rambukwella emphasized Sri Lankan Government will not undertake any action detrimental to the national security simply for the sake of resuming peace talks.Minister Keheliya Rambukwella emphasized Sri Lankan Government will not undertake any action detrimental to the national security simply for the sake of resuming peace talks.Government yesterday reiterated that highest priority would be given towards maintaining the country's national security, although it was keeping its options open with regard to the resumption of peace talks with the LTTE.

The Government's Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella during a news conference emphasized that although the option of negotiations was still open, the Sri Lankan Government will not undertake any action detrimental to the national security simply for the sake of resuming peace talks.

Meanwhile, the Government was to hand over its response yesterday to the Norwegian Facilitators on the five queries put forward to President Mahinda Rajapakse and LTTE leader Prabhakaran by the facilitators, which sought the commitment of the two parties on to the peace process and the Ceasefire Agreement signed in February 2002.

Minister Rambukwella claimed that the Government's response to the five queries would be 'mostly positive'.

The questions sought clarification vis-à-vis matters relating to the Ceasefire Agreement and modalities of monitoring activities.

The Minister asserted that the responses to the five questions will most likely be positive. "We have no reason to disagree or to object to any of the issues the facilitator has raised," he said.

The Minister further added, "We are even willing to have direct talks with the LTTE, or even to get assistance form the other member of Co-Chairs to get the talks started."

Rambukwella added that the Government has another issue to raise with Norway. "What we are concerned about is the facilitator's request to grant diplomatic immunity to the truce monitors. The request went both to the Government and to the LTTE. It is only a sovereign Government that can provide diplomatic immunity and not the LTTE," he said.

- Asian Tribune -

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